The US Government-issued Permanent Resident cards, popularly called Green Cards, and the Employment Authorization Documents, known as work permits, now have new security features.
The US began issuing the redesigned versions on January 30, 2023.
The Government advised that the new cards are to reduce crimes such as counterfeiting, identity theft, and fraud. It’s important for you to know the following facts.
1. Current cards are valid
There is no need to request a new card unless you have been formally advised by the Government.
If your card has a specific expiry date ,be very careful to ensure it is renewed. Travel abroad and work-related issues are always impacted by these dates.
2. New cards may show older design features
The Government advised that they may actually issue cards “after January 30, 2023, which may still display the existing design format because USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) will continue using existing cardstock until current supplies are depleted.”
This means that when you get a new card or have an existing card, you have to carefully examine it and be prepared to advocate that the card is valid.
3. New and old cards are acceptable
Importantly, cardholders must be aware that both the new and old cards are acceptable for travel, identification and work-related purposes as appropriate.
However, a special note was highlighted that “some older Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These older Green Cards without an expiration date generally remain valid; however, USCIS encourages applicants with these older cards to consider applying for a replacement card to prevent fraud or tampering should the card ever get lost or stolen.”
4. Be vigilant with cards
Cardholders must recognise that it is their responsibility to secure their cards.
Never lend immigration cards to others, as that is an offence. Never use questionable services for immigration assistance. When conducting business, ensure that they are legitimate.
Always ensure cards are returned when doing any type of business. If, unfortunately, cards are lost or stolen, make a report and immediate efforts to replace them.
Remember that you should always secure your cards in every circumstance.
*This article does not constitute legal advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
Attorney Nadine Atkinson Flowers
Nadine C Atkinson-Flowers is admitted to practice in the USA and Jamaica. Her US practice is in the area of immigration, while her Jamaican practice areas include immigration and general legal consultancy. She has been an attorney for over 15 years in Jamaica and has written articles for several legal publications. She is passionate about access to justice issues and volunteers with several legal, business, children and community service organisations in Jamaica and the US. She can be contacted at [email protected]